My wife Laura's 16' trimaran with 84 sq.

ft. sail on a homemade unstayed mast.


Welcome to...



A Web Site For Do-It-Yourself 

Small, Homemade Trimarans


Presented by "Dr. Frank" Smoot, and

dedicated to DIY boatbuilders everywhere!


My 16' trimaran No Commotion with its

optional 124 sq. ft. rig from a Laser II.



Florida's "Sunshine Coast"

is small boat heaven!



What's On This Site:

1. Why I have come to believe that small trimarans are the only way to go. [click here]


2. A Brief History of the 15 or so homemade boats and rigs I have build over the past two years [click here]


3. Our first "trimarans"- made from kayaks (includes construction photos). click here


4. Building our first "real" trimaran: the tandem rig (includes construction photos).  click here


5. Building the first lightweight, single-seater trimaran, "No Commotion" click here


6. Building Laura's 65-lb "ultralight" trimaran - see 50 construction photos! click here


7. The Amazing "Planing Amas"- see 40 photos! click here


8. No Commotion Gets A Slick New "Sliding Aka" System! click here


Building Laura's "Ultralight" Trimaran - Page 3


- Photos 21-30 -



21- Dry-fitting of 6 oz. fiberglass cloth


22- Same stage - bow quarter view.


23. Detail of rudder, showing lines to 80-degree flip-up mechanism.


24. Dual mast steps are now installed...


25. Bow view of dual mast steps...


26.  Bow quarter view with hull fiberglassing completed and deck boards installed.


27. You can see the ropes that connect the foot steering bar to the rudder.


28. Here you can see the foot-steering bar (it pivots)...


29. Sanding completed prior to fiberglassing the decks.


30. Deck fiberglass after first epoxy coat, ready to be trimmed.


(To see photos 31 through 40, please click here.)



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